NotGames are special little snowflakes in the world of games. They make really bizarre, hand-drawn and self-musiced (if that isn't a word, it is now) games that are 99.9% nonsense. They're satirical, witty and weird, but you wouldn't want them any other way.
NotGTAV was their first punt at the Steam market last year and it was delightfully odd. Its effectively Snake with pop culture references, shots at the UK government and goofy soundbites firing off whenever you do anything interesting. It sounds like a weak concept, but very few games have genuinely had me crying tears of laughter like NotGTAV did. Who knew a weird side-long look at Grand Theft Auto V and general UK culture could be this fun?
Now, the folks over at NotGames are moving onto satirising another huge franchise that they don't directly name for fear of legal reprisal with NotCOD (answers on a postcard as to what series we're looking at here). This time out, we're getting a 5 part episodic adventure and topical humour abound, starting with shots at war, the media and the Catholic Church in 'Call Of Judy'.
Honestly, I can't put the game into words fantastically well. It's such a unique and quirky game, that it's probably best explained by a couple of the members of the team back at EGX Rezzed dressed as nuns (naturally).
So, in summary, side scrolling shooter, acapella music and sound effects, bizarre storylines involving "Reverand Murdoch" (who coincidentally runs a lovely parish magazine) and split screen survival mode! Honestly, the developers of this game are truly 'salt of the earth' kind of people, they deserve your support and love. We've tucked away one too many pints with them over the year we've known them and if the mini game 'Carousel Child Culling' doesn't make you want to own this, nothing will.
You can expect the game to turn up tomorrow (May 20th 2016) on Steam for PC initially, with Mac & Linux to follow at a later date. It'll be a mere £5.99 with a 40% launch discount (bringing it down to around £3.60) for the first week.
I will leave you with one final thought. Whilst digging through press information around this game, I found this gem in their files, presumably some kind of lyrics for a theme song to the game. I don't want to spoil the full contents, but I think this snippet perfectly encapsulates the NotGames experience.